Vulnerable communities in Baltimore are working together to build resilience in inspiring ways.
In Baltimore, […] Resiliency Hubs have acted as cooling centers during heat waves, distributed water bottles and fans for residents without air conditioning, provided sandbags in flood-prone areas, provided charging stations during power outages, and “served as post-disaster recovery staging areas for emergency and recovery personnel to meet with residents in need of assistance.” Resiliency Hubs have also distributed food and hosted testing and vaccination clinics during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program has created more trust and cooperation between community groups and the city, says Stephanie R. Smith, assistant director for equity, engagement and communications in the Department of Planning.
“It has also improved Baltimore City’s understanding of what community definitions of resilience are, which helps the city better support capacity-building at the community level and improve collaborative and community-centered hazard mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery efforts,” Smith said in an email.”[…]
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